Robotics research focuses on understanding and designing intelligent robotic systems through rigorous analysis, system development, and field deployment.

Hopkins researchers develop techniques and tools for kinematics, dynamics, control, estimation, and motion planning for deterministic and stochastic systems. Novel design principles are developed using modular self reconfigurable robots, self-replicating robots, and hyper-redundant manipulators.

Navigation and interaction of robots in extreme environments – e.g. deep sea, space, and the human body – is a major focus, including applications in underwater vehicles, autonomous aerial vehicles and spacecraft, and surgical robotics.

Also important to our mission is the development of robotic systems inspired by principles of biomechanics and neural control of animal movement. Closely related application areas include medicine, environmental assessment, and molecular biology.

Many of our faculty are affiliated with The Laboratory for Computational Sensing and Robotics (LCSR), one of the top robotics research sites in the world, particularly in the area of medical robotics.


  • Robotics in Extreme Environments
  • Haptics and Medical Robotics
  • Bio-Robotics
  • Autonomous Systems, Control, and Optimization
  • Human-Machine Collaborative Systems

Affiliated Faculty